Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs)

The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 enables the Council to designate a public place by order if they are satisfied that nuisance or annoyance to members of the public or disorder has been associated with the consumption of alcohol in that place.

In a designated place, a police officer may require a person not to consume alcohol and to surrender anything the officer reasonably believes to be alcohol. A person commits an offence if they do not comply with such a request. The maximum fine for this offence is currently £500.

A designated public place order does not prevent members of the public consuming alcohol; the powers the police have under the order are discretionary. The police would therefore not normally request someone to stop drinking in the public place if they were doing so responsibly.

The orders do not apply on licensed premises while they are open for the sale of alcohol and for 30 minutes after.

The following Designated Public Place Orders are currently in place in the Isle of Wight:

The following signage is displayed within the designated places:

If you would like any further information regarding DPPOs, please contact the Licensing Section, our details can be found in the contact tab above.

PSPO Consultation

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Police and Crime Act 2014 introduced new powers for dealing with local neighbourhood issues. Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) are proposed as one of the tools designed to improve public safety in a defined area.

The Isle of Wight Council is required to replace its current Dog Control and Designated Public Place Orders legislation.  The transition period to move these current orders across into a PSPO is required to be completed by the summer of this year (2020). The Orders once established are required to be reviewed every 3 years.

The local authority has a legal duty to seek the views of residents, business and key stakeholders in relation to the introduction of PSPO’s.

The consultation period will run from Monday 10 February until Monday 6 April 2020. All comments received during the consultation period will be considered by the local authority cabinet before the Orders go live.

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